The expression, the acceptance, the perception of hopes and fears, whether confirmed or dispelled, as depicted in historical sources of the modern years, along with the connection between common feelings and personal experiences are the main themes of this collective volume. The thirteen texts of the volume cover a long period, from the 15th century until the political changeover, and they are presented according to the period they focus on. In the texts we can see that collective and personal fears seem to prevail against hope. There are fears of natural phenomena, uncontrolled authority, political change, social changes, war or death. However, a closer look would reveal the existence of certain hopes that coexist with fears and sometimes even manage to allay them. There are aspirations that transform into fears or expectations of social groups that have, at times, threatened authority. Even the fear of death is tamed through the everyday concerns and the anxiety for the future, through the hope for life, in other words. In most of the cases examined throughout the volume, the connection between fear and hope seems to be their co-existence or their alternation, the easy transition from one sentiment to the other.
Τhe volume is a publication of the Section of Neohellenic Research, Institute of Historical Research edited by Katerina Dede, Dimitris Dimitropoulos and Tasos Sakellaropoulos. In the volume we find texts by Maria Dimitriadou, Vangelis Karamanolakis, Giorgos Koutzakiotis, Christos Loukos, Xenia Marinou, Dimitris Bacharas, Vangelis Sarafis, Alexandra Sfoini, Christos Trantafyllou, Aggeliki Christodoulou and by the three editors mentioned above.